Dog Nutrition Websites: The Best of the Best

To help you in your Internet search for reliable nutrition information for your dog, we have compiled a list of the very best websites out there, divided into categories for your convenience.

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Nutrition Guidelines

World Small Animal Veterinary Association Nutritional Assessment Guidelines.

www.wsava.org (Go the the site, then type “Nutrition Assessment Guidelines” into the search bar, then click on “Global Nutrition Guidelines.”)

American Animal Hospital Association Nutritional Assessment Guidelines.

www.aaha.org (Go to the site, then click on “AAHA Guidelines,” then scroll down to “Nutritional Assessment Guidelines.”)


Pet Nutrition — General Information for Pet Owners

Tufts Cummings School’s Petfoodology. Information on everything from whether you should give fish oil to your dog to what to feed your pet if she has kidney disease to diets that can actually cause heart disease. You can search for any nutrition topic of interest in the search bar.

vetnutrition.tufts.edu/petfoodology

National Research Council’s downloadable booklet, “Your Dog’s Nutritional Needs.”

www.nationalacademies.org (Go to the site and type “Your Dog’s Nutritional Needs” into the search bar. It should be about the third entry that comes up.)

Federal Drug Administration (FDA) pet food site. Information on food safety issues, recalls, pet food labels, etc.

www.fda.gov/animalveterinary


Pet Food

Association of American Feed Control Officials. Information on regulations, labeling, and other important facts about pet food.

www.petfood.aafco.org (Once on the site, click on tabs ranging from “Ingredients” to “Labeling and Labeling Requirements,” “Calorie Content,” and more.)

Pet Food Institute. Information on ingredient definitions and labeling regulations.

www.petfoodinstitute.org


Nutrition Consultations

Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Nutrition Service.

www.vetnutrition.tufts.edu

American College of Veterinary Nutrition. Listing of board-certified veterinary nutritionists.

www.acvn.org (Click on the “Animal Owners” tab, then “Nutrition Consults” on the drop-down bar.)


Homecooked Diets

American College of Veterinary Nutrition. Listing of board-certified veterinary nutritionists who will formulate nutritionally balanced homemade diet recipes for veterinarians and/or pet owners.

www.acvn.org (There is a form on the site to contact the organization.)

BalanceIT. Commercial website offering semi-customized, balanced, home-cooked diet recipes for dog owners with healthy pets. Veterinarians can customize pre-formulated recipes for animals with medical conditions.

www.balanceit.com


Obesity

Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Obesity Clinic for Animals. FAQs and other info.

www.tufts.edu/vet/obesity

Pet Obesity Prevention. Useful information on assessing a pet’s body weight, calorie needs, and weight-loss tools.

www.petobesityprevention.com


Dietary Supplements

ConsumerLab. This site (with a small subscription fee for users) independently evaluates dietary supplements, primarily for people but some pet supplements are included.

www.ConsumerLab.com

Food and Drug Administration. Covers regulatory and safety issues pertaining to dietary supplements and also has a place to report adverse events.

www.fda.gov/food/dietarysupplements

Mayo Clinic. Fact sheets on human supplements and herbs (often given to pets).

www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. Evaluation of supplements, fact sheets, safety notices, Internet health information.

https://ods.od.nih.gov

USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center. General supplement and nutrition information, links to a variety of dietary supplement websites.

www.nal.usda.gov/fnic (Click on the “Dietary Supplements” tab.)

United States Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplement Verification Program. Independent testing of dietary supplements (human supplements only).

www.usp.org (Click on the “Our Work” tab, then on “Dietary Supplements & Herbal Medicines” in the drop-down bar. From there, scroll down and click on “Learn More” under “Quality Supplements.”)


Raw Meat Diets

Tufts Cummings School Veterinary Medicine Raw Food Post.

www.vetnutrition.tufts.edu/petfoodology

(Scroll down to find the search bar, then type “Raw Food Diets.”)

FDA Guidance Document on Safe Handling and Raw Foods.

fda.gov (Type “Raw Meat Diets” into the search bar. An article will pop up that is entitled, “Get the Facts! Raw Pet Food Diets can be Dangerous to You and Your Pet.”)


Other

USDA Nutrient Database. Full nutrient profiles on thousands of human foods. You can learn, for instance, how many calories are in the large baby carrots you may choose to use as dog treats (the answer to that one is 5). Type any food item you want into the “Food Search” tab.

www.ndb.nal.usda.gov

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